Public Forum
On the Occasion of the Disaster Prevention Day and the Disaster Prevention Week

Recovery from Catastrophic Disasters - towards a safer world for all

Public Form -Recovery from Catastrophic Disasters-
was held at United Nations University in Tokyo,
Japan, on 24 August 2004 on the occasion of
Japan's Disaster Prevention Day and the Disaster
Prevention Week.
It attracted over 250 participants, including His
Imperial Highness Crown Prince of Japan.
Date/Time: Tuesday, 24 August 2004, 14:00-17:30
Venue: UN House 3F, U Thant International Conference Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Organized by: Cabinet Office of Japan, ISDR Secretariat, United Nations University (UNU), UNDP
Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC)
In Cooperation with: USAID, NHK, Hyogo Prefectural Government
Programme: Opening Remarks
Prof. Hans van Ginkel
 Rector
 United Nations University
Mr. Kiichi Inoue
 Minister of State for Disaster Management
 Government of Japan
Mr. Masayuki Kitamoto
 Executive Director
 Asian Disaster Reduction Center
Keynote Speech
Ms. Helena Molin Valdes
 Deputy Director
 ISDR Secretariat
  “World Conference on Disaster Reduction
    - A new milestone event for reducing disasters”

Panel discussion
Part 1: Presentation by panellists
Panellists:
Dr. Patricia Bolton
 Senior Research Scientist
 Battelle Seattle Research Center, USA
  “Disaster Recovery: Faster, Better, or Safer?”
Mr. Kamal Kishore
 Regional Disaster Reduction Advisor for South and Southwest Asia
 UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR)
  “Challenge of Bam Earthquake ?
     -Road map for safer communities”

Mr. Tadashi Harada
 Deputy Director General for Disaster Management
 Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
  "Recovery and Reconstruction towards disaster resilient communities
    - from lessons learnt in Japan from lessons learnt in Japan"

Mr. Andrew Maskrey
 Chief, Disaster Reduction Unit
 UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR)
  “Sustainable Post-Disaster Recovery ?
     -Turning Disasters into Opportunities for Development”

Part 2: Discussions
Coordinator:
Prof. Kishie Shigekawa
 Fuji-Tokoha University
 Japan
Commentator: Ms. Helena Molin Valdes
 Deputy Director
 ISDR Secretariat
Closing remarks
Mr. Tomio Saito
 Vice Governor
 Hyogo Prefectural Government
 Japan